The English curriculum is focused on three core areas: Literature, Language and Literacy. These are the 3 strands from the Australian Curriculum.

Literature: the study of texts in context. The English language - grammar, punctuation, etc.

Language: the study of the English language - grammar, punctuation, etc.

Literacy: practical use of the English language.

English is compulsory for all students in years 7 - 10. Students are enrolled into either the PEP class (Pinnacle Enrichment Program) or a general class.

English aims to develop students' skills in:

  • thinking,
  • reading,
  • writing,
  • speaking,
  • listening, and
  • viewing.

We work to develop an interest in and love of language and literature. We use a range of texts including novels, poetry, short stories, newspapers, advertising material, film and live performances. Students can expect to work independently and in groups; to speak formally and informally for different purposes; to create, analyse and research; and to reflect on life for themselves and for others. They will read widely, write in a range of styles and formats, learn how to use language effectively for different purposes and audiences, and share their ideas and skills with others. Formal essay-writing skills are introduced in Year 7 and developed and refined in later years. Students have the opportunity to enter various writing and speaking competitions, and take part in debating.

EALD (English as an Additional Language or Dialect)

Belconnen High School has an EALD program to support students from a language background other than English. It is run each year based on the needs of students in the school. In 2013 there are two classes organized by ability level, for students who need more language support and a smaller class group. Students with stronger language skills are also able to access tutorial support as needed. EALD aims to provide students with the opportunity to be confident in and competent with English, and to acquire skills to enable them to understand and complete tasks in all subject areas.


SOSE is comprised of three strands at Belconnen High School.  These are: History, Geography, Civics and Citizenship.

History - a study of past societies and peoples, both from Australia and around the World.

Geography - the study of the world as a place in which humans live, and humans affect it.

Civics and Citizenship - the study of government and the ways in which citizens interact with it. What is 'good' citizenship?

Year 7 History: The ancient world

Geography: Water in the World

Civics: Introduction to civics and citizenship

Year 8 History: The Middle Ages and the beginning of the modern world

Geography: Urbanisation and Migration

Year 9 Civics: Australian politics and law

History: Australian politics and law

Year 10 History: World War II, Human Rights

Integrated unit: Globalisation


Years 7 & 8 – Connecting to Country

We have proudly introduced a new program for all years 7 & 8 students.  The program entitled “Connecting to Country” focuses on the cultural heritage and languages of the indigenous nations of our area.  The program is being developed in collaboration with our families and the Education Directorate.  Connecting to Country has replaced our traditional languages program of Indonesian and French.

Years 9 & 10

Learning a language is one of the greatest ways to expand your mind and your ability to interact with people around the world! In this course you will pick a language that you are going to learn either for a semester or a year.  Your goal is to be able to have a basic, polite conversation in a foreign language.

Languages Course offered to Year 9 and 10 students include Spanish, Mandarin and Japanese.

This includes in classroom learning activities, conversations with native speakers and online resources using Education Perfect, Duolingo and edX.